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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Basics

Encouraging the reader to think about the way language works, this introductory overview of topics on the study of language provides explanations of its basic terms and ideas: including The Uniqueness of Human Language; The Grammatical Background; Language and Meaning; Variation in Language; Change in Language; Language, Mind and Brain; Learning a First Language; Attitudes to Language.

Publication Year: 1995
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0415125413
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 216
Prices: 13.95